Hughes of Aylesbury named Van ProCenter

Hughes of Aylesbury has become one of only a handful of dealerships in Britain to have met all of the criteria to become a Mercedes-Benz Van ProCenter dealer.

From an after sales perspective Van ProCenter dealers must have specially trained service advisors and technicians, and provide replacement vehicles for customers and collection and delivery services.

In addition, Mercedes-Benz Van ProCenter dealers must keep extended opening hours for customer convenience.

They must also be able to meet the manufacturer’s requirements relating to advice on bodybuilding options and the availability of demonstration vehicles.

Van ProCenter dealers should retail a broad range of quality new and used vans and offer customers fair and transparent trade-in deals on their own vehicles.

Emma Cale, van sales manager said. “We have fantastic products as well as a strong team that’s going to grow.”

. Hughes of Aylesbury customer Grant and Stone

Microlise speakers call on industry to ensure government honours its election pledges

Speakers at the Microlise Conference discussed the impact the new Conservative government is likely to have on the road transport industry in the coming years.

Delivering the keynote address, Richard Burnett, chief executive of the RHA, (pictured left) said it was down to the industry to ensure that the £15bn of funding promised to infrastructure up-keep made as a coalition didn’t become a “false promise”.

He added that the new government had made no commitment to the fuel duty freeze past autumn of this year, and told the audience of more than 1,000 industry figures that they “could not afford to give up on fuel duty”.

Conference chairman and FairFuelUK spokesman Quentin Willson (pictured right) also weighed in on the fuel duty issue.

He said: “The treasury begrudgingly told us [himself and campaign head Howard Cox] that FairFuelUK has raised GDP by 5%” [as a consequence of fuel duty freezes].

A poll taken by Willson during his welcome address revealed that 84% of delegates would see a significant benefit to their businesses if fuel duty was actually cut, rather than frozen as it has been.

A further 14% said a cut would have “some benefit” to them, while 4% said it would not affect them at all.

Willson added that the industry had to pull together to get more attention from the government in the future. “The key word you can take away from today is collaboration. You can scare the pants off the people in Westminster if you do it as a big group. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s do it together,” he said.

FTA chief executive David Wells addressed the results of the general election, outlining the key issues government can influence affecting the transport industry as austerity and the potential exit of Britain from the EU.

He warned that the Conservatives will have to “do something pretty radical” to get “anywhere near” their savings pledges, and are likely to do so within the unprotected government departments, which include the DfT.